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The Truman Show - Blu-ray DVD / comedy DVD / satire DVD / drama DVD review
THE TRUMAN SHOW Rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Paul Giamatti, Philip Baker Hall, Noah Emmerich
Director: Peter Weir Distributor: Paramount
DVD release: 30 December 2008 Runtime: 102 min.
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p High Definition, Aspect ratio 1.85:1, Audio tracks (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English SDH, French, Portuguese, Spanish), How's It Going to End? The Making of the Truman Show (Parts I & II), Faux Finishing: The Visual Effects of the Truman Show, Deleted scenes, Photo gallery, Theatrical trailers (HD), TV spots

From birth, Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey) has been the star of his own television series. Everyone around him are either actors or technicians; cameras are hidden in plain sight. Truman lives a life of near bliss, barely noticing the obvious product placement around him and the saccharine smiles that you'll see nowhere but Seahaven. Truman sells insurance, works in the garden, fights off the advances of the neighbor's dalmatian, all is normal, life is good.

One day, a light can falls from the sky. Later, Truman encounters his father on the street. Thing is, his father's been dead for years. Or has he? Truman starts seeing some flaws in his world, getting the impression that things aren't as they seem. He confides in his wife, Meryl (Laura Linney), who talks him down; perhaps he is mistaken. He encounters more doubts when his car radio picks up transmissions from the crew filming him. He opens up to his lifelong friend Marlon (Noah Emmerich), who offers beer and reassurance, telling Truman that he'd never lie to him.

The Truman Show is new to Blu-ray, though it's been around for ten years. The picture is beautiful, the sound is awesome, and the special features are certainly pleasing, though not new - they are the same features included on the 2005 DVD release, but they're good. The extras are presented in standard definition, which is fine. If you're watching them in the first place, you're more interested in the methods and processes behind the film, anyway.

The Truman Show is one of those films that I always find myself watching if I stumble upon it on broadcast TV. In fact, just two weeks before I got the Blu-ray copy to review, I watched a large portion on the tube. You can't go wrong with The Truman Show, the film that proved there's more to Jim Carrey than his rubbery face and exaggerated body language. It opened the door for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Majestic and other serious work.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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